A solid-state drive is noticeably faster than any standard hard disk. The reason is that an HDD uses spinning disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more data is read and written, the sluggish and warmer they become, whereas an SDD takes advantage of modules of flash memory, so there aren't any actually moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are significantly higher, which makes these drives a preferred solution in case speed is needed. Because of this SSDs are often employed for the Operating System on a PC and for keeping data that is accessed repeatedly on hosting servers. A lot of service providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they keep the data on hard disk drives, but they use a couple of solid-state drives to cache the more often used data and consequently, the data loads faster while the load on the HDDs is lowered because their disks have to spin less often in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a website hosting account from our company, you'll notice their fantastic performance. This is because our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all the files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. In addition to the innovative ZFS file system, this configuration will raise the speed of your websites significantly. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All of the content that generates more traffic or creates a lot of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them instantly, so that the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will be better. The latter in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and decreases the possibility of a disk failure, which is one more guarantee for the integrity of all content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you register for one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, we'll hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mail messages. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a number of heavy Internet sites that generate plenty of reading and writing processes shall not influence the other websites which share the very same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also raise the lifespan of the main storage disks and decrease the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of protection for your site content.